April 1, 2011

New in Civil 3D 2012: Import GIS Data Tool for Pipe Networks

Have you ever wanted to create a Civil 3D Pipe Network from your GIS data? Now you can!

My name is Matt Miyamoto, Application Specialist for Ideate, Inc. Ideate has had a chance to take a look at some of the new features of the 2012 release, and here’s a sneak peek at one of them.

The 2012 release of Civil 3D now includes an Import GIS Data function that allows users to connect to .SHP files and translate the data into Civil 3D Pipe Networks. This new command is located in the extended Import panel of the Insert tab in the Ribbon interface.

The command launches the Import GIS Data wizard, which walks users through the process for connecting to the .SHP file, specifying the Schema and Coordinate system, and mapping your Pipes and Structures to correspond to the GIS data.

The Import GIS Data wizard also provides Query options, and Clean-up options that allow users to specify a gap tolerance for pipe and structure connections. Once the wizard is complete, a Civil 3D Pipe Network is automatically generated from the Shapefile data and appears in the drawing file!

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2012 releases for Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, AutoCAD, Navisworks and more: ideateinc.com/2012

Matt Miyamoto, P.E.
Infrastructure Solutions Application Specialist

Matt is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Hawaii. Matt obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has 7 years of private sector design experience which he applies in his role as an application specialist with Ideate, Inc. His project experience includes residential and commercial site development, private and public sewer, water and drainage systems, harbors improvements, and roadway improvements. While in Hawaii, Matt was involved in multidisciplinary projects for City and County agencies, State Departments, the Army COE and private developers.

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